#header-inner img {margin: 0 auto !important; #header-inner {text-align: Center ;} Fiji Coupfourpointfive: Army violations in cane belts

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Army violations in cane belts

The Fiji Sugar Corporation is using soldiers from the Fiji Military Forces to threaten cane farmers, cane cutters and farm labourers.

Coupfourpointfive has been told already farm labourers suspected of burning sugarcane are being made to run barefoot in cane fields. There have been reports of some cane cutters assaulted by soldiers in Lautoka.

It's been confirmed to us that FSC is accompanying soldiers to meet farmers in each farming sector. Farmers are then being warned there should be no burning of any cane.

Farmers are also being told by the military ot's their duty to harvest and deliver their crop to the mill, contrary to what is stated in the Sugar Master Award.

Like labourers and cane cutters, farmers are also warned of physical punishment if they disobey the soldiers and FSC.

Coupfourpointfive has been told this is a case of serious human rights violation going un-checked in Fiji.

The farmers have been left without representation following the dissolution of the Sugar Cane Growers Council.



mark manning said...

So why do the farmers keep backing those who carry out the coups and why isn't their saviour,
Mr. Chaudhry, speaking out against these Human Rights abuses.
It would be nice to get the names of these cowardly soldiers and present them to the International Criminal Court so they can be arrested by Interpol when they next step outside Fiji.

Anonymous said...

Why the surprise - their attempting to run the whole country on this very same principle.